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Taste of Chicago

The city's annual smorgasbord wraps up with performances by Passion Pit, the Steve Miller Band, Trey Songz, and Rob Thomas.


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The 30th Taste of Chicago, held in Grant Park and wrapping up Sun 7/4, serves food from more than 50 restaurants and hosts music on four stages: the Petrillo Music Shell (northeast of Columbus and Jackson), the Taste Stage (Columbus and Balbo), the Best Buy Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Fun Time Stage (southwest corner of Columbus and Jackson). The big names at Petrillo include a wide assortment of hip-hop and R & B artists, classic-rock staples, snoozy singer-songwriters, and even contemporary indie darlings, including Trey Songz, Rob Thomas, the Steve Miller Band, and Passion Pit. The Taste Stage has a local focus and a theme to each day's bookings, like a lineup of Old Town School of Folk Music ensembles on Fri 7/2 and a Rabbit Factory Soul Revue featuring Ralph "Soul" Jackson and Renaldo Domino on Sat 7/3. The Best Buy Stage hosts a range of mostly local acts from 11 AM-6 PM every day, and the Fun Time Stage provides family-friendly entertainment like music, dance troupes, fitness programs, and storytelling. Dominick's Cooking Corner features cooking demonstrations and book signings from Food Network hotshots like Giada De Laurentiis as well as local chefs Radhika Desai of English, Paul Fehribach of Big Jones, and Giuseppe Tentori of Boka. The Family Village presents programs by the Museum of Science and Industry, Everything Aviation, Mayor Daley's Bicycle Ambassadors, Fresh Connections, and more. Admission and all concerts are free. Food and drink are sold only by tickets, which cost $8 per dozen at the festival. Festival hours are 11 AM-9 PM except on Sat 7/3 (11 AM-7 PM) and Sun 7/4 (11 AM-6 PM). For full lineups and more info, call 312-744-3370 or visit tasteofchicago.us.

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